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    Three Win FENS/EDAB Awards for Neuroscience Outreach

    Congratulations to the 2018 Neuroscience Outreach Award Winners: Laura López-Mascaraque, the team at Université Côte d’Azur, and Dana Alliance member Roland Pochet! They received the awards during the FENS Forum of Neuroscience in July. Read about their impressive work on our blog.

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    Cerebrum Podcast:
    Remembering What We Learn

    Henry L. “Roddy" Roediger, Ph.D., a professor at Washington University, talks about his Cerebrum article, “Remembering What We Learn” and strategies to learn and retain information gleaned from more than 50 years of research.

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    Successful Aging and Your Brain

    The Successful Aging & Your Brain program focuses on understanding how the brain works and maximizing brain function and health. The program includes live public forums, videos, and printed resources.

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    Lesson Plans for K-5

    Introducing our new lesson plans for students K-5! Build-a-Brain, Protect Your Brain, and Expose Your Nose each have lesson plans and teacher PowerPoints.

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Top Stories

Grief vs. Depression: Psychiatry Grapples with Defining the Lines Between ‘Typical’ Grieving, ‘Complicated’ Grief, and Clinical Depression

by Brenda Patoine

Depression Grief briefingpaperThe interrelationships between grief and depression are multifaceted–they share common features and can co-occur. How do we differentiate between these similar but different mental states?


Heroin vs. the Runner’s High: Different Action on Neurons

by Kayt Sukel


Researchers had assumed that opioid drugs mimicked the actions of naturally occurring opioids in the brain, binding to the surface of cells, but new research shows that drugs also enter the cell and bind to internal components. This difference could help point the way to treatments that are less addictive than currently available opioids.

Do Complex Tasks Train Your Brain to be More Efficient?

by Kayt Sukel


Musicians and people who speak multiple languages are faster at identifying sound location and type but show differences in speed of recalling past sounds.



The Sleep-Deprived Brain

by Moheb Costandi


NIH researchers find that a single night’s missed sleep increases levels of amyloid-beta in the brain, adding to the evidence that maintaining healthy sleep habits is good medicine.



Epigenetic Changes Guide Development of Different Brain Regions

by Kayt Sukel

Researchers sharpen a tool and discover different patterns of gene modification in two regions of mouse brain.

Nibbling on Neurons: A Closer Look at Synaptic Pruning

by Kayt Sukel


Researchers in Italy have built a better scanner, and found that some microglia aren’t removing whole synapses but merely “nibbling” on them. Perhaps that means that these glia are clearing space for making a new memory, not deleting memories.

The Language of Dementia

by Moheb Costandi


Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia significantly affect language skills. Researchers are testing the possibility that spoken language tests could aid in diagnosis of these conditions.



The Brain’s Waste-Removal System

August 14, 2018

by Helene Benveniste, M.D., Ph.D.

 The Brain’s Waste-Removal System (spotlight)

For decades, the brain’s waste-removal system remained a mystery to scientists. A few years ago, a team of researchers—with the help of our author—finally found the answer.

Events and Deadlines

Neuro-Immunology: The Impact of Immune Function on Alzheimer’s Disease


The New York Academy of Sciences

New York, NY

Advances in the Neurobiology of Mental Illness


The New York Academy of Sciences

New York, NY

Scientific Creativity to Understand Alzheimer's Disease

10/12/2018- 10/13/2018

The International Center for Biomedicine

Santiago, Chile

Neuroscience 2018

11/3/2018- 11/7/2018

Society for Neuroscience

San Diego, CA

Featured Publication

Cerebrum 2017

Cerebrum 2017 - Can lifestyle changes help prevent Alzheimer’s disease? How much does smell impact our mood and behavior? The answers to these questions and more can be found in our book of articles and book reviews written by prominent neuroscientists. This compendium of timely ideas will provide you with a greater understanding of how advances in neuroscience can help us lead longer, healthier lives.

Featured Video

The International Neuroethics Society (INS) and the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities recently co-hosted a symposium on human brain organoids, supported by the Dana Foundation. See videos of the talks and an article on the symposium on the INS website.